H.E. M.O.H. Farook, the Chief Guest of the event appreciated ITFAA’s efforts and suggested his 2nd Secretary I.P.Lakra to regulate similar affairs by inviting all Indian organizations, and the latter could start with screening the film “Mughal-e-Aazam”, the most famous larger-than-life historical epic of all times. In continuation, other films and movies of different languages of India could be screened, periodically (free-of-cost of course).
Vijay Sundaram delivered the Welcome Speech. Afzal Sanai, President India Forum and Ex-Chairman of IIS-Riyadh and Suresh, representative of City Plaza were the Guests of honor. City Plaza was the main sponsor of the event. The Guests of honors too addressed the audience.
Jayaseelan Santhanam, President ITFAA, a lively and most sociable person among the Indian Community, appreciated the sincerity and hard-working capabilities of the staff of Indian Embassy. While recognizing their value of services ITFAA granted mementos, which were handed over to them through Afzal Sanai and Suresh.
Various dignitaries of Indian organizations charmed the event with their presence. Few of them were Mohammed Quaiser, President “Tanzeem Hum Hindustani”, A.A. Shameem Khan, President, DCA, Dr. Ashraf Ali, President APUS, K.N. Wasif, the most famous photographer, columnist and journalist, and Dr. Musbah Ul Arifeen, President, AMUOBA etc.
At the entrance of auditorium Gomathi Raja, Aparna Kalyan, Renuka Madhan and Geeta Balarajan received all the guests with smiles and Sandal.
Orchestra comprised of Raju, Ahad, Jose, Joshey, Saleem Kumar, and Rajesh. Priya Thirumavalavan, Kalyan and Raja sang Tamilthai Vashththu, a song dedicated to Tamil language.
The male singers were Gopes, Izzat, Chishty Zaka (Jeddah), Hadi Ali Khan, and Jayaseelan. The female singers were Annie Parvez, Vidya Subash, Ashwini Prasad and Shantini Subash.
Annie Parvez who holds a bachelor’s degree in Hindustani Music from Lucknow University: though, was out of touch since 3 years and had a soar throat, attempted the most difficult and classical songs of Lata Mangeshkar, and executed well.
Sikka and Silpa (twin sisters), Mrinalini, Dipali, Ankita, Syreel, Kirupa Krishnakumar, Shantini Subash, Indu Lekha Venugopal, Priyanka Menon, Prathusha Menon, Reshma Prasad, Zeeshan Parvez, Gibran Parvez, and Vikas Veeramani performed dances.
All performers were wonderful and marvelous. Shantini Subash, Zeeshan Parvez, Gibran Parvez and Reshma Prasad enthralled and fascinated the audience with their breath-taking performances.
The people responsible for different roles on the occasion were Kumari Sultana (The first Lady DJ, as Jayaseelan said) for Lightings, Krishna Kumar for Music System, Sudheer for Videography etc. Raju was the Music Director.
It would be quite unfair and unjust if the name of the main compere, M. A. Ghaffar Aamir is not mentioned here, and confer his role that he played during the event.
His well-timed, appropriate and crispy-crunchy remarks throughout the show mesmerized and gripped the addressees and the audience together.
Realizing the impact and influence expressed by the Ambassador, with regard to “Mughal-e-Aazam”, he mimicked the famous dialogues exchanged between Prithiviraj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, and received a round of applause. Furthermore, he mimicked Donald Duck for children and enchanted the audience.
The event lasted until 1:30 A.M., thanks to the satisfaction of engrossed audience.